Holy Days of Obligation and Liturgical Celebrations

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange - Calendars

Holy Days of Obligation and Liturgical Celebrations to be observed in the Diocese of Orange

December 8, 2006
Friday
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Holy day of obligation
December 12, 2006
Tuesday
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Principal patroness of the Diocese of Orange, Feast observed
December 25, 2006
Monday
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Holy day of obligation
January 1, 2007
Monday
The Octave Day of Christmas: The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Holy day of obligation
dispensed
January 22, 2007
Monday
Day of Penance and Prayer*  
February 21, 2007
Wednesday
Ash Wednesday  
April 7, 2007
Saturday
Holy Saturday: THE EASTER VIGIL**  
May 20, 2007
Sunday
The Ascension of the Lord Solemnity Observed
May 27, 2007
Sunday
Pentecost Sunday Solemnity Observed
August 15, 2007
Wednesday
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Holy Day of obligation
November 1, 2007
Thursday
Solemnity of all Saints Holy day of obligation
November 25, 2007
Sunday
Our Lord Jesus Christ the King Last Sunday of the liturgical year
December 2, 2007
Sunday
First Sunday of Advent Beginning of new liturgical year
December 8, 2007
Saturday
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Holy day of obligation
December 12, 2007
Wednesday
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Principal patroness of the Diocese of Orange, Feast observed
December 25, 2007
Tuesday
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Holy Day of obligation

*Day of Penance and Prayer: This date is the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade and is observed in all dioceses of the United States as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.

**Sunset on Holy Saturday will occur at 7:13PM pacific Daylight Time. Liturgical directives in the Missale Romanum state that the entire Vigil should take place after nightfall, in darkness, therefore the Vigil is to be scheduled no earlier than 8:00PM in 2007.


What are the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States?

At their plenary assembly in November 1991, the members of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved two motions, which affect the observance of holy days of obligation in the dioceses of the United States. They decided that whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.

The action was confirmed by the Conference for Bishops on July 4, 1992 (Prot. N. 296/84) and the letter of confirmation was signed by Bernardin Cardinal Gantin, Prefect, and Archbishop Justin Rigali, Secretary. Pope John Paul II approved and confirmed the same on the same date.


RITUAL MASSES and FUNERALS

Ritual Masses are prohibited on solemnities (GIRM #372), even if the obligation to attend mass has been abrogated. However Funeral masses are permitted.

"Funeral Masses" hold "first place" among Masses for the Dead. The Funeral Mass many be celebrated on any day except for solemnities that are holy days of Obligation, Holy Thursday, the Easter Tridium, and the Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter” (GIRM #380)

If any of the Solemnities fall on a Saturday, while a wedding celebration in not prohibited, please note that the Prayers are taken from the Solemnity and not the Ritual Mass of Marriage. It is permitted to substitute for the second reading one taken from the Lectionary for Wedding Masses

TABLE of FEASTS

For Future Planning

Feast Date
1st Sunday of Advent

November 30, 2008

Ash Wednesday

February 6, 2008

Easter

March 23, 2008

Pentecost

May 11, 2008

1st Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2009

Ash Wednesday

February 25, 2009

Easter

April 12, 2009

Pentecost

May 31, 2009